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Report: White House Mulls Sanctions, Indictments to Counter China Cyber Attacks

CyberCrimeKeyboardThe White House is considering actions trade sanctions, indictments in U.S. courts and several cyber defense and offensive measures aimed at countering cyber attacks alleged to have come from China.

Tensions rose when the U.S. sent the Chinese government a formal diplomatic protest in January over the alleged hackings, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday.

Siobham Gorman writes that until recently, U.S. government officials and corporate executives hesitated over whether to publicly confront China, fearing national security and business interests would be affected by high tensions.

“It’s reasonable to throw out what you’ve done in the past and use new instruments to try to get them to behave responsibly,” Alec Ross, a former State Department Internet policy adviser, told the Journal.

U.S. security officials believe China steals trade secrets for their economic benefit and do not believe the attacks will stop, Gorman writes.

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